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The minimap is a HUD element that represents the game map on a smaller scale. It displays in real time the location and status of buildings, heroes, creeps, couriers and wards. The minimap is subject to team vision, with unseen areas covered by the fog of war. Certain events and Terrain items can alter the appearance of the minimap.


These settings can be changed in the game options.

  • Location: Changes the minimap to display on the bottom left or bottom right of the interface.
  • Simple Colors: Uses a single color for all heroes on the same team.
  • Hide Background: Hides graphical background on the minimap, and displays only essential game elements like heroes, couriers, buildings, wards, and creeps.
  • Simple Background: Replaces graphical background on the minimap by simple background. Turned on by default.
  • Draw Hero Icons: When holding ALT, displays hero icons instead of hero names.
  • Always Use Icons/Names: Permanently displays hero icons and names instead of arrows and O's.






These four extra icons are used for   Brewmaster's   Primal Split units and   Arc Warden’s   Tempest Double.



Custom IconsEdit

Some cosmetic items will alter a hero's minimap icon. Click on an icon to view the corresponding item.




The black background is shown for contrast, and is not part of the icons.

Shop Icon
Main Shop  
Side Lane Shop  
Secret Shop  


The Dire side icons are only used when observing a game. For players, allied couriers use the Radiant style icons, and enemy couriers are shown as a white dot.

Courier   Radiant   Dire
  Animal Courier    
  Flying Courier    


Friendly wards are colored green (blue in colorblind mode), and enemy wards are colored red. When spectating,   Radiant wards are green/blue, and   Dire wards are red.

Ward Icon
  Observer Ward  
  Sentry Ward  


Bounty Runes are always shown when available, while other runes are only shown when having vision on them.

Rune Icon
Double Damage  

Neutral creep campsEdit

The camp icons are colored yellow in-game. Roshan's icon is colored like Roshan.

Element Icon
Small camps  
Medium camps  
Large camps  
Ancient camps  


Element Icon
Attack Building  
Defend Building  
  Eyes In The Forest  


Event Element Icon
Frostivus 2012 Greevil Hero  
Thyg the Giftsnatch  
Diretide Pumpkin Bucket  
New Bloom Festival Year Beast   


Main Article: Scan

Players can use the Scan ability on the right of the minimap UI to detect any enemy heroes in an area.

The Scan button is located on the right of the minimap


Main Article: Controls
  • Right clicking anywhere on the minimap will command the hero to move to that location. However, there is a delay of 0.2 seconds, where clicks will not be registered. This is to prevent missclicks.
  • Ground-target abilities, such as   Wrath of Nature, can be cast by clicking on the minimap.
  • Clicking on the minimap while using   Town Portal Scroll or   Boots of Travel will teleport the hero to the specified location's nearest allied building.


  • Alt + Left Clicking on the minimap will alert your team about a location by Play playing a sound and showing an exclamation mark on their minimap.
    • Clicking buildings will play a different sound depending on the building's alliance, and generally mean a Play defense / Play attack of the building is desired.
    • Clicking enemy heroes will play the same sound as on enemy buildings, typically to announce the desire to attack.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Left Clicking on the minimap will alert your team by Play playing a different sound and showing an X on their minimap, generally indicating danger.


Holding down both Ctrl and the left mouse button while moving your cursor over the minimap will draw lines on the minimap. These lines can be seen by all allied players, and their color corresponds to the color of the player. Lines will fade after a few seconds.

Console CommandsEdit

There are several console commands that can be used to modify the minimap in various ways to match an individual player's preferences. Some of the commonly used ones are shown below.

Command Default Help Text
dota_hud_extra_large_minimap 0 0 Use extra large minimap.
dota_minimap_hero_size 600 Changes the hero minimap icon size.
dota_minimap_misclick_time 0.2 Minimum time after the mouse enters the minimap before accepting a move command. Can be increased slightly to prevent accidental misclicks.
dota_minimap_ping_duration 3 Adjust how long pings are displayed on the minimap.
dota_minimap_disable_rightclick 0 Disables right clicks on the minimap.









Patch historyEdit

  • Runes can now be pinged via the Minimap.
  • Updated to match 7.00 map changes.
  • Added Scan ability.
  • Changed X's to arrows.
  • Left clicking actions on the minimap no longer ignores input for the first 0.2 seconds.
  • Updated to match 6.82 map changes.
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